CANCER patients in Chichester are turning to a national charity for help paying for their heating bills as a result of rising fuel costs.
Macmillan Cancer Support handed out £750 to 23 people across Chichester to pay for fuel bills between December and January last year, out of £7,376 handed out across the area.
Across the county, the charity handed out £104,000 in financial grants to 320 cancer patients with 37 per cent of people asking for help with their energy bills.
The charity said that as a whole it was giving out almost double the number of grants to help patients heat their homes than it was five years ago.
General manager for Macmillan’s South East area Carol Fenton said: “To feel too scared to put the heating on because of soaring energy bills is an unacceptable reality for thousands of vulnerable cancer patients who feel the cold more and spend long periods of time at home.
“When the charity was established 100 years ago, founder Douglas Macmillan helped cancer patients by handing out sacks of coal to keep them warm. “It is shocking that a century on, people who are diagnosed with this devastating disease are still relying on charity help to heat their freezing homes.”
To find out about the help available or to make a donation see www.macmillan.org.uk or call freephone 0808 808 0000.